College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

Basic Course Director and Assistant Professor

Instructional Communication, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Research Methods, Communication Theory

Dr. Broeckelman-Post (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2009) joined the faculty at George Mason University in Fall 2013 as the Basic Course Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication after serving in that same role at California State University, Los Angeles for four years.  As Basic Course Director, she is responsible for training and supervising 50-60 instructors who teach 3500-4000 students per year in the required introductory communication skills courses taken by all students, as well as developing curriculum, managing the program, and assessing learning outcomes.  Directly related to that role, Dr. Broeckelman-Post’s research fits primarily in the realm of instructional communication, communication education, and communication assessment, and seeks to understand how different course structures and interventions facilitate learning, assesses the development of communication skills in introductory courses, and investigates the role that instructor communication practices enhance student learning.  She has also co-authored two national textbooks as well as numerous university-specific custom texts and other resources for teaching.  In 2015, she and Lance Schmeidler won the National Communication Association Basic Course Division Textbook of Distinction Award for a custom textbook created for Mason’s COMM 100: Public Speaking course, and in 2016, won the Program of Excellence Award for Mason’s Basic Communication Course Program.

Selected Publications

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Pyle, A. S. (2017).  Public speaking versus hybrid introductory communication courses: Exploring four outcomes.  Communication Education, 66, 210-228.  doi: 10.1080/03634523.2016.1259485. 

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & MacArthur, B. L. (2017).  The impact of public speaking and hybrid introductory communication courses on student perceptions of homophily and classroom climate.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 29.  Available online at 

Valenzano III, J. M., Braden, S. W., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A. (2016). The Speaker’s Primer (2nd ed.).  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., Johnson, A., & Schwebach, J. R. (2016).  Calling on students using notecards: Engagement and countering communication anxiety in large lecture.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 45(5), 27-33. 

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & MacArthur, B. L. (2016).  Nontraditional students, multilingual learners, and university type: The vital missing comparisons in our basic course research.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 22-32.

Suwinyattichaiporn, T., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A. (2016).  Assessing the effects of a public speaking course on native and non-native English speakers.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 87-115.

Vraga, E. K., Tully, M., Kotcher, J., Smithson, A. B., & Broeckelman-Post, M. A.  (2016). A multi-dimensional approach to measuring news media literacy.  Journal of Media Literacy Education, 7, 41-53.  Available at  

Valenzano III, J. M., Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2015). Communication Pathways.  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., Tacconelli, A., Guzman, J., Rios, M., Calero, B., & Latif, F. (2015).  The effects of teacher misbehaviors on student interest and student engagement.  Communication Education.  doi: 10.1080/003634523.2015.1058962.

Grants and Fellowships

National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant for A National-Level Assessment of Core Competencies in the Basic Communication Course.  Team members:  Melissa Broeckelman-Post (George Mason University), Lindsey B. Anderson (University of Maryland), Andrew D. Wolvin (University of Maryland), Angela M. Hosek (Ohio University), Cheri Simonds (Illinois State University), John Hooker (Illinois State University), Josh Westwick (South Dakota State University), Karla Hunter (South Dakota State University), Kristina Ruiz-Mesa (California State University, Los Angeles), LeAnn Brazeal (Missouri State University).  Award amount: $3900.  Awarded October 2016.

Courses Taught

COMM 100: Public Speaking

COMM 100DL: Public Speaking (fully online)

COMM 101: Interpersonal and Group Communication

COMM 400: Research Methods

COMM 653: Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication

COMM 750: Research Methods II


Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2009

M.A., Speech Rhetoric and Communication, Kansas State University, 2005

Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication, Kansas State University, 2004

B.A., English, Kansas State University, 2004

In the Media

Guest on Teaching Matters, a podcast series by WOUB Public Media (2017, March 28). Episode 13.  Available at,, and Google Play

Reynolds, A. (2017, February 10).  A communication program that is anything but ‘basic.’  Available at

Office of Distance Education.  (2016, May 2).  Speaking to the needs of various learners.  Available at

Byerly, K. (2014, February 3). New communication pilot course redesigns public speaking.  Fourth Estate.  Available at

Mimikos, C. J. (2013, May 6).  Mason welcomes Melissa Broeckelman-Post.  Fairfax City Patch.  Available at